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10-05-2010, 09:21 PM   #1
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## Wiring for barn

I have a barn that has 14 gage wire into it. I only have a few plugs and a fan. I would like to put a circuit breaker box in the barn, if I change to eight or 10 gauge wire in the future would I have to change the circuit breaker panel box? Inthe future i may be using heavier tools, therefore needing heavier gauge. My barn is 115 feet from my house

10-05-2010, 10:02 PM   #2
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With 14g wire @115' you have a voltage drop of 10.5v = 8.8% which is on the high side
That's IF you pull the full 16a

With 10g wire @115' you would have a voltage drop of 4.2v = 3.5% which is still a little above recommendation
If you are going to run new wire you might want to run a small sub or MWBC to have 2 circuits

How much power do you need ?
What do you have for a circuit breaker panel in the barn ?
I used #6 wire for a 60a sub at about the same distance

 10-05-2010, 10:19 PM #3 Member   Join Date: Jul 2005 Posts: 137 Rewards Points: 75 At this time i only plan on a few plugs, 2 lights and a fan. When i had my small shed i just had one plug that ran of the wire. Maybe i can just run a fan off of that. Just wanted some sort of panel back there just in case i draw too much power

 10-05-2010, 10:24 PM #4 Member   Join Date: Jan 2009 Location: South of Boston, MA Posts: 17,248 Rewards Points: 2,000 Usually a panel is only used with a larger feed If this is running off a 15a breaker or fuse in the house then that will trip if you draw too much power With #14 wire it should not be on a 20a breaker If you put a breaker box in the barn & a 15a breaker its possible the house breaker will still trip 1st
 10-06-2010, 06:10 AM #5 Member     Join Date: Mar 2008 Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts Posts: 474 Rewards Points: 250 If I was you I would install a 100 amp sub panel for future. Just in case down the road you have larger equipment or want to finish off part of the barn the option will be there

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